Posts Tagged ‘boys soccer’

Jenna Dickson leads off our collection of spring sports portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Zach Ginnings

Alex Jimenez

James Vidoni

Mason Grove

Dawson Houston

Ben Smith

Ivy Leedy

Time for a little spring cleaning.

As the season winds down, I’m going through head shots snapped by John Fisken and trying to make sure 99.3% of them get used.

The eight above, covering softball, baseball and boys soccer, are ones that, for whatever reason, had yet to see the light of day.

Before you ask, there are no tennis pics because it’s a smaller team and I already used all their head shots.

And track? It’s a bigger team and no one snapped head shots, so I can’t use something I never had.

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   Former All-Conference player Luke Pelant joined the CHS soccer coaching staff this year, helping the Wolves make their longest playoff run since 2010. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The 11th time was not the charm.

Squaring off with Olympic League rival Klahowya Thursday night in Silverdale, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad experienced a good case of deja vu.

Falling 3-0 to the host Eagles, the Wolves were knocked out of the West Central District 3 playoffs and likely ended their relationship with a school they could not beat on the pitch.

After making their deepest run into the postseason in almost a decade, the Coupeville booters finished 7-9-2.

A win over five-time state champ Bellevue Christian kicked things off, then losses to Vashon Island and KSS ended things.

Now CHS jumps to the new North Sound Conference, and returns to District 1, this fall.

Klahowya (14-3-1), which never lost to a fellow 1A Olympic League team in four years, advances to play either Vashon Island or Charles Wright Academy Saturday in a winner-to-state, loser-goes-home game.

The Eagles scored early Thursday, when Pacific Lutheran University recruit Mason Joe hauled in a long ball and poked it into the back of the net.

A second goal came in the 22nd minute, when Josh Connolly’s corner kick found the perfect angle and deflected in off of Coupeville goaltender Dewitt Cole’s outstretched hands.

The Wolves played aggressively in the second half, hoping to emulate their late-game heroics against Vashon, but it wasn’t to be.

The game’s final score, a tap-in off of a cross, came courtesy William Stewart.

“It was a fairly close game,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson. “They made us pay for a couple of mistakes and were able to keep us at bay, though we did have a few pretty good shots.

“They definitely put some attention on their defense to keep us out,” he added. “Overall, a good game for us; we were in it until the very end.”

While the loss ended the season, and the careers of seniors Hunter Downes, Axel Partida, Ethan Spark and William Nelson, this postseason was the best for Wolf boys soccer in quite some time.

The last playoff win for CHS came in 2012, and the three games was the most Coupeville had played in one postseason since they won four of six playoff games during a run to the state tourney in 2010.

The Wolves also busted two single-season goal scoring records, with sophomore Derek Leyva toppling cousin Abraham’s mark for a player (21 goals), and the team tallying a program-best 66 scores.

Those who found the net in 2018:

Derek Leyva – 24
Aram Leyva – 13
William Nelson – 8
Sam Wynn – 5
Hunter Downes – 3
Sage Downes – 3
Pedro Gamarra – 3
Ethan Spark – 2
James Wood – 2
Chris Cernick – 1
Jonathan Partida – 1
“Own” goal by other team – 1

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   After a loss to Vashon Tuesday, Coupeville High School soccer coach Kyle Nelson and his players have their backs to the wall. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Time to dig deep and find a miracle.

After absorbing an 8-4 loss to Vashon Island Tuesday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad finds itself in a tough spot.

The district playoff loss, which came on a neutral field at Mt. Tahoma High School, drops the Wolves to 7-8-2.

It also drops them into a loser-out game Thursday, one which presents a daunting task.

CHS has to travel 96 miles (one-way) to Orting High School, doesn’t play until 8 PM and faces Klahowya, a team the Wolf booters have never beaten in 10 previous games.

The Eagles are in the loser-out game because they were nipped Tuesday in a penalty kick shootout after ending regulation and overtime tied 3-3 with Charles Wright Academy.

Vashon and CWA play in the front-end of a doubleheader at Orting Thursday, with the winner advancing to state.

The loser of that game returns to Orting Saturday to face the survivor of the Thursday late game in a battle for District 3’s second slot to state.

For it to be Coupeville, the Wolves will have to do something no 1A Olympic League team has done in four years, upend Klahowya, which is 13-4-1 this year.

KSS has outscored CHS 47-5 over their 10 meetings, though the Wolves played the Eagles almost to a standstill in a 3-2 loss this season.

The Wolves fell behind early against Vashon, surrendering a pair of goals in the early moments of the game and trailing 6-1 at the half.

Sophomore Aram Leyva got Coupeville on the board with his 13th goal of the season, off an assist from William Nelson, and the Wolves were much sharper offensively after the break.

“We had a good halftime talk and came to life in the second half,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson.

CHS “won” that 40-minute span 3-2, with Derek Leyva adding to his Wolf boys single-season scoring record.

He punched in a hat trick in one half, with his three goals lifting him to 24 on the year. That leaves him just shy of the school record of 27, set by Mia Littlejohn.


UPDATE: Game moved from 8 PM at Orting High School to 5 PM at Silverdale Stadium. Moves saves Coupeville 86 miles of round-trip bus travel.

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   Hunter Downes celebrates Saturday during Coupeville’s playoff win over Bellevue Christian. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Aram Leyva, a wizard on the soccer pitch. Seriously, he’s going all Harry Potter on us and flying.

Wolf fans celebrate a game-busting goal.

In the heat of battle, William Nelson finds his moment of Zen.

Alex Jimenez dances with the ball.

Axel Partida has a meeting of the minds with the ball.

A giddy Downes (right) and Pedro Gamarra hug it out.

“Bow Down to Cow Town!”

Loud ‘n proud.

Coupeville High School shocked the soccer world Saturday, upending five-time state champ Bellevue Christian and earning the Wolf booters their first playoff win since 2012.

With the game just up the road in Oak Harbor, CHS had a sizable collection of fans on hand, plus the attention of their own personal paparazzi.

The photos above, a mix of on and off field action, come to us courtesy John Fisken.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:


And, when you do, remember that purchases make it more likely he’ll shoot future Wolf sporting events.

Plus, a chunk of any proceeds go to fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

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In the end, they all bow down to Cow Town. (Photo by Shelli Trumbull)

I could be nice and sugar-coat things, but facts are facts.

The 1A Olympic League has come to a close after a four-year run, and the smallest school emerges as the top dog.

Sparked by an extremely strong final spring, in which it won conference crowns in softball, girls track, baseball, girls tennis and boys track, Coupeville High School has stared down Port Townsend, Chimacum, and, especially, Klahowya.

CHS had 227 students in grades 9-11 when the WIAA last did classification counts in 2016, which made it the sixth-smallest 1A school in the state.

That figure has since dropped to 208, which caused Coupeville officials to make a recent plea to drop to 2B which fell on deaf ears.

Klahowya boasted 445.07 students in ’16, making it the second-biggest 1A school in the state.

So, you take what is essentially a 2A school and pit it against what is essentially a 2B school, and what happens?

The lil’ school that could, did.

For the past four years, I have tracked 10 of the 11 varsity sports that the Wolves play.

In this scenario, we ignore track, since trying to figure out team win/loss records when 30 teams show up for a meet is a futile, and brain-injury-causing, endeavor.

So, we take volleyball, football, girls and boys basketball, soccer and tennis, softball and baseball and we watch.

And, in the course of four school years, we see a 24-game swing as one (small) school rises and another (big) school falls.

Varsity win totals:


Klahowya 51
Chimacum 23
Port Townsend 20


Klahowya 45
Chimacum 26
Port Townsend 22


Klahowya 48
Port Townsend 28
Chimacum 25


Klahowya 39
Port Townsend 26
Chimacum 20

Add together the four years and Coupeville beats Klahowya 185-183.

CHS was the only school to post 40 or more varsity wins in each school year, and the only school to post 50 or more wins twice.

To those who say, well, it’s only two games, let’s go back to the first numbers, the student body size — 445.07 vs 227 that became 208.

Klahowya should have dominated, pure and simple, and it didn’t.

In the early days of the league, KSS was the straw which stirred the drink, though the whirlpool created wasn’t anywhere as large as you would have expected.

And give the Eagles soccer teams credit.

The only Olympic League programs to go unbeaten in league play from 2014-2018, their combined 59 wins account for nearly a third of Klahowya’s varsity win total.

But, ultimately, the smallest, scrappiest school took over and made the Olympic League its own.

Coupeville finished with the best league record in four sports, the most of any school — girls tennis, baseball, girls basketball and boys tennis — with girls hoops winning 33 games, most of any program, in any sport.

Better still, CHS was the ONLY school to not finish as the worst in any sport.

Klahowya, by contrast, accrued the top all-time mark in three sports, but finished dead last in three others.

What’s this all mean in the end?

As Coupeville departs for new pastures and new challenges next year in the six-team North Sound Conference, its current rivals can take solace in two facts.

One, you won’t have to listen to me natter on as often (if ever).

And two, you won’t have to lose as often to the Wolves.

So, win-win … sorta.


Spring sports standings:


Olympic League baseball:

School League Overall
Chimacum 7-2 10-8
Klahowya 2-7 3-14
Port Townsend 1-8 1-14

Olympic League boys soccer:

School League Overall
Klahowya 9-0 13-2-1
COUPEVILLE 5-4 7-7-2
Port Townsend 4-5 4-9-0
Chimacum 0-9 0-14-0

Olympic League girls tennis:

School League Overall
Chimacum 4-2 5-7
Klahowya 0-6 1-14

Olympic League softball:

School League Overall
Klahowya 0-3 9-4


And, complete Olympic League records from 2014-2018:



School League
Klahowya 23-7
Chimacum 10-20
Port Townsend 6-24


School League
Port Townsend 20-6
Klahowya 16-10
Chimacum 3-23

Boys Tennis:

School League
Klahowya 14-6
Chimacum 0-19

Girls Soccer:

School League
Klahowya 29-0
Port Townsend 6-24
Chimacum 5-24

Girls Basketball:

School League
Port Townsend 18-18
Chimacum 12-24
Klahowya 9-27

Boys Basketball:

School League
Port Townsend 26-10
Chimacum 17-19
Klahowya 14-22


School League
Chimacum 23-4
Klahowya 17-13
Port Townsend 0-27

Girls tennis:

School League
Chimacum 6-15
Klahowya 6-16


School League
Klahowya 25-10
Chimacum 18-17
Port Townsend 2-34

Boys soccer:

School League
Klahowya 30-0
Port Townsend 18-12
Chimacum 0-30

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